China has constructed a new village which is approximately 4.5km within the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh. The village which consists of 101 homes is located on the banks of the Tsari Chu river in Upper Subansiri district. This region is right along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This is the same region where five people were detained by the Chinese troops in September 2020.  

The foreign ministry gave a careful response saying India has also increased their efforts in the construction of border infrastructure which includes roads and bridges that can also improve the lives of citizens of Arunachal Pradesh. The Ministry of External Affairs has so far has not denied the presence of the village but said how China has been carrying out such activities in the past too.  

According to a report from ANI, the Ministry of External Affairs gave a statement which said, “We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India. China has undertaken such infrastructure construction activity in the past several years.” 

The statement from the Ministry of External Affairs comes after NDTV reported two images of the area where the village has been constructed. According to the channel, the first image which is dated August 26, 2019 did not show any human intervention or construction, however, the second one which was dated November 2020 showed a row of structures.  

In its report, NDTV showed two images of the area where it said the village has been set up. According to the channel, the first image dated August 26, 2019, did not show any human habitation but the second one of November 2020 shows a row of structures. The news agency also asked the ministry if the village raised by China has been diplomatically raised by the efforts of both the countries, or not. The ministry however said: “Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” 

BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh, Tapir Gao claimed that China has been occupying areas in Arunachal Pradesh since 1980. Gao said that China occuping areas in Arunachal Pradesh is not a new thing and the Chinese have already constructed a military base between Bisa and Maz. Bisa and Maza falls inside the McMahon line and is part of the Indian territory.  

Gao spoke to ANI and said, “During Rajiv Gandhi’s regime, China occupied Sumdorong Chu Valley in Tawang. The then Army Chief planned an operation but Rajiv Gandhi denied him permission to push back the PLA.” 

P Chidambaram also openly questioned the Indian government based on Tapir Gao’s claim on Twitter: 

 

It should be noted that the McMahon line is drawn between Tibet and India’s North East region which marks the boundary between India and China. The Indian government believes the region belongs to the nation but the claim is disputed by Beijing that believes it is China’s.   

The India-China Tensions 

The report on the construction of village comes at a time when the tensions between the two countries are already running high. In June 2020 there was a stand-off between the soldiers of both countries at Galwan Valley, which led to a battle-without fire-arms between them. In the brawl, 20 Indian soldiers were killed and the Chinese government faced heat for not revealing the actual numbers of the fatalities.  

On January 8 this year, a Chinese Soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the LAC by the Indian Army on Friday. The People’s Liberation Army soldier had trespassed across the LAC in the area south of Pangong Tso.